Synergy Multi-Academy Trust is made up of schools, both secondary and primary, from north Norfolk. The Trust was initially established by Reepham High School and College in 2015. Our vision is simple; for all of our schools to work together to provide teaching and learning of the highest quality and for all of them to provide an exceptional range of educational experiences and opportunities.
Our International Links
In order to help our children see themselves as global citizens, we have forged relationships with schools in Japan, Malawi and France.
Our Japanese link is the most well established; we have been receiving guests from the Sakado Azuma Kindergarten since 2009, and been returning to visit the Kindergarten since 2014. Our children have benefitted hugely from these visits, as they have learnt about all aspects of Japanese life. This year we have even introduced basic Japanese language skills! We have also been inspired to re-vamp a large flower bed and create a Japanese Garden for the children to enjoy. Next we hope to set up regular Skype conversations with the Japanese children.
Our Headteacher recently presented a research paper to an international audience at the 1029 the Early Childhood Education Research Conference in Budapest, outlining the benefits of our partnership with Sakado Azuma Kindergarten.
Please see the paper and the presentation for more information
Tapezana Primary School in Dedza, Malawi has been a link school since 2013, as Dedza and Norfolk have a relationship. We have received visitors from Dedza, and have attended conferences run in other Norfolk schools to meet students and teachers from Tapezana. Recently we raised money to send sports equipment out to Tapezana with teachers from Norfolk. Next year we will be studying Africa as one of our whole school themes, so we will have the opportunity to really build on our relationship with the school and understand the culture.
In France, we have links with the Ecole Jules Ferry in Bagneres de Bigores, in the Pyrenees mountains. One of our teachers has visited the school to teach about Norfolk, and we have benefitted from learning about the French education system. Our older children exchange cards and letters with the French children and practise their French language skills. Again, we hope to organise some Skype conferences soon.